I usually hang out in Classic and Vintage. I am 55 years old 5" 10" and 255 lbs. Thirty years ago my bike was my main transportation and I weighed 135 lbs. I rode everywhere at top speed. Fast forward 30 years and I am married, have a 15 year old son, work long hours and find very little time to ride. Much of our family's free time involves getting my son to and from his varied activities which range for HS football to Boy Scouts.
Now I get winded very easily and often have to push my bike uphill. This year I need to find the motivation to find the time to get out there even if I only have a few minutes to spare. I can't really ride to work because it is 10 miles uphill and I have to dress nicely at work and there are no showers there. I have off Thursdays and Sundays.
Austin is very hilly and I find myself pushing uphill before I get 2 minutes from my house. I know that the more I get after it the easier it will get. I have 5 nice C&V lightweight bicycles in excellent tune so I am not lacking something nice to ride. I do like to go to Austin's Veloway becuse it is a beautiful place and is a very safe place to ride. I can't say that I am embarrased by riding in my current shape since I don't care what strangers think. I also have to say that I have not faced any derision while out riding. I was a little envious of the 6 year old girl riding up the hill on her tiny little bicyle that I was pushing up.
As I reread these lines it does not sound very good to me. I just thought if I shared some of my feelings and frustrations with my fellow Clydesdales and Athenas that I might find more motivation to get out there and ride more this year. As I read the stories of those here that have ridden their way to better health I am humbled.